Sunday, December 6, 2009

Away, Down South

Back Injury + Swine Flu + Becoming the Interim Executive Director (more work)= less time for blogging. However, I am recommitting.

In the months of absence I've met some amazing people and witnessed some awesome events.

Here's a few:

*Watched the New Orleans Saints go 11 & 0!!! from the Mockler Suite
*Watched the LSU Tigers go into overtime and overcome the Hogs from Arkansas
*Had brunch with mom on a cool sunday morning at my favorite cafe in South Beach "Front Porch Cafe"
*Spent a few days at the Jekyll Island Club, off the coast of Georgia - (significance-- it served as the location for a retreat that created the framework of the Federal Reserve System)

Saturday, August 15, 2009


I'm in a Red Dress, for Charity!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Did You Know ...(original)

Wow, after watching this video its amazing to see just how much has changed in two years!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shift Happens

Interesting Video

Monday, June 22, 2009

Waking Up in NOLA

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Can't Stand The Rain

A true New Orleans Star!

--my blues obsession continues

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ship Faced Sundays

Wow. I have really dropped the ball on this whole blog thing.  So much to cover-- over the past few weeks.  I've been to Louisville, Myrtle Beach, Mobile and Pensacola.... and this weekend I am headed to Nashville.  

Besides the travel I've decided to devote my time away from work this summer to just a few items: Friends, Fun, and Boating.   I have a 23ft center console (ideal for fishing,but does the job for cruising the river) named "Ship Faced."  After much thought on what our sundays on the lake would be called, we settled on "Ship Faced Sundays." Our crew leaves the Canal Bank dock on the diversion canal at 11:00am and heads for Lake Maurepas.  We typically spend a couple of hours on the west side sandbar, then make our way to the famous river bar, The Prop Stop on the Tickfaw River.  The Prop Stop is famous for their drinks known as the Worm Buckets; yes they are actually served in styrofoam worm buckets.  After the Prop Stop we make a short stop to see the happenings at the east side sandbar, and eventually make it back to Blind River Bar forcajun/zydeco music, hamburgers, and ice cold beer.  Checkout some of the pictures located on our facebook group  

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Office Stuff

It’s interesting; today I leaned back in my office chair, placed my feet upon the desk and just looked around my office. It’s amazing what you find and the memories you relive when we take a moment to pause to notice the details of our surroundings. My observations:
· A calendar on the wall still set to January 2008
· A quote posted to the wall that says “Some will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing --- the result” VL
· A rendering of what the new building will look like on LSU’s campus to house the Center for Computation Technology and EA Sports
· A letter tacked to the wall from one of the most powerful attorneys in Baton Rouge (who was also a board member of the chamber) threatening to sue me for misleading his client. I did no wrong and he knew it, but his client insisted on sending a scary letter – I hope the billable half hour was worth it
· A bar napkin with the our team business plan from 2006—the good ole days
· A picture of me and John McCain when I was in DC and a republican
· A dead plant (opps)
· A Chinese fortune cookie that says “you are surrounded by true friends”
· An “Easy Button” from the Staples contact service center we located to BR in 2006 (400 jobs)
· An antique deep-sea fishing pole
· An American Flag
· A picture of Ben Harper, a reminder of the awesome road trip to San Fran/San Diego
· 2008 New Year’s resolutions
· A handwritten letter from my mother dated 8/25/08 “…I love you so much only God knows… please continue to grow, but never lose sight of how you get there”
An office filled with stuff and each item brings back memories of a passion that has since just become job. Change seems to be the only constant in our lives---

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ok, so two weeks without blogging.... sorry. Since the Milken Institute I've been incredibly busy with work and personal drama, but pressure seems to be easing a bit. --- I'm back.

Here is a song I've been addicted to lately. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Damn Dogs

So today I'm on a flight from Houston to Los Angeles and instead of entertaining myself with the usual recently downloaded tunes in my iPod or reading the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review I took part in the in flight movie. The movie was Yes Man staring Jim Carey, however about 10 minutes into the film it began to flicker so they decided to change it to Marley & Me. I've heard of the movie but never took the extra effort to Netflix it due to lack of appeal. It's the story of a coupe who adopts a puppy to begin the process of caring, caring for a life, animal or otherwise. So here I am 6'1 260 broad shoulders kind a guy’s guy (relative) watching this sappy movie in the middle seat between two ladies in the 38th row of a jumbo jet. If you haven't seen it...IT'S SAD!

And is the case with any chick flick about lifelong friendships with animals, be it horses (black beauty), or dogs or otherwise they all seem to lead up to that one tear jerking death scene.So there I am looking away trying not to tear up but I'm met with screen after screen on small tv’s the length of the plane … unable to escape this tragically sad scene of the dog being euthanized. By now, the ladies on each side of me are crying and I try to think of anything but death, death of this dog, anything to fight back a tear. Biting my tongue, shaking my leg, laughing and then finally the killer line "A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not.” Shit, tears begin to stream and I try not to move or draw attention to myself. During this still moment too afraid to acknowledge my emotions, I began to reflect on my life to recall all those that made me feel rare and extraordinary. I'm extremely blessed... And so must the two guys behind me ... I feel the need to thank them for crying too... For drawing the attention away from myself and onto deconstructing the stereotype that guys must be emotionless. To end a great movie the little old lady to my left leaned over and said “real men cry as it is just pain leaving the body, don’t be afraid.”

Cheers from my iPhone notepad on the decent into LAX

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ron Paul & Hillary

...I enjoy the last few seconds of this clip!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fishing with Friends

Today, I ventured out of the office early to go fishing with my friends Jamie, Jason, and Ty. I wasn’t worried about the 20 knot winds nor the potentially horrible backlash of leaving work early but more on the order of my friends meeting my family. I can’t quite explain it, but I tend to have this unending guilt about my true beginnings. However, after a good meal and camaraderie with my dad and his girlfriend my friends summed the experience up in three letters PWT. PWT stands for Pure White Trash…. And ya know im proud of my PWT beginnings… it has taught me to be kind to people that have less, seek to understand first, and never be too quick to judge as we may never know other people’s circumstances.
Of course… this is uncensored. Question of the day: What is the most important thing you know…
Jason: never, ever take the people that we love for granted… we all to often take for granted the most important aspects of our life… the time we spend with people… friends and family.
Jamie: I’m bad ass. Just kidding. The only thing you can do is be your best self… you have to own who you are!
Ty: … silence… because that’s when you truly get to know people!
Im truly blessed to have such awesome friends and family.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Religion:A Necessary Social Construct?

Below is a status post of facebook regarding religion-- interesting dialouge

Chad Cornett religion a construct of the human mind to explain the unknown? interested in your thoughts

William at 10:51am April 20
Interestingly, neurobiologists discovered a portion of a brian that was labeled the "God spot" that showed hypersensitivity to religious words and ideas. Of course, the tests were run on epileptic patients, so...Then, the human mind tends to humanize the world around t hem, aka anthropomorphism, as you can see in any mythology or legends from any... culture. A guy named Muller said that most mythology is just "primitive" man's explanation of the natural world.So is God just a way to explain the unknown? Like primitive man, do we just not have the vocabulary or knowledge to explain God as he could not explain a flood or typhoon?

Rachel at 11:57am April 20
in undergrad I read a modern christian philosopher that wrote that every human has a map of their worldview, what makes sense to them about what's true in the world based on their observations. Modern christian philosophers believe that the Christian worldview, the one which includes God & Jesus in the picture, makes the most sense of our observations about the world, what we know to be true. That's all from me.

Kate at 1:21pm April 20
I thought it was created by Catholics and early european government to instill fear to create a stable society and a money-collection system. but apparently in a world view there is more to it than that.

Don at 1:30pm April 20
Chad, this is an interesting question. At least from my perspective, religion is a social institution allowing people to share spiritual beliefs, embody those beliefs in practice and engage in rituals that reinforce these beliefs and practices. "Explanation" is a rational function of the thinking mind. From a Western societal standpoint, science is... Read More the institution most interested in developing rational explanations of phenomena. The "unknown" is probably best envisioned as the vast hidden part of an iceberg in an ocean. The tip that we see is what we know in a cognitive sense. Some philosophers argue that intuitive knowledge exists. This latter form of knowledge is about feeling and sensing in a less mental conditioned/cognitive way. Perhaps a part of the hidden knowledge under the sea is accessed through our intuitive channels. Probably more than you asked for...

Aaron at 1:36pm April 20
I would say religion is the social instution that is designed to promote conformity to socio-political heirachical systems and is used as a political tool that allows for the justification for the actions of those who "have the power to define" (our leaders). Also, religion can be viewed as being an economic form of spirituality wherein one's ... Read Morepayment will be recieved in the here after..."You do this while you are living, and then you will be able to experience an afterlife of bliss and contentment." This is why Marx states, "Religion is the opiate of the masses. Individuals are not addicted to the high of worshipping a diety, but merely the idea of life everlasting; a life without the troubles and misfortune of today. This opiate more or less relieves the pain of living! Religion, when viewed as a socio-political structure, leads to the continuation of current social norms and customs.Now...Spirituality must be the focus...

Sunday, April 19, 2009


To use (again) a quote from BB King, "the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." I have been extremely disappointed in the quality of continuing education in my field of work. Most of the courses and designations are geared around being a money maker through mass attendance and offer merely elementary topics. This year i am excited to attend the Milken Institutes's 2009 Global Conference. I'm most excited to hear lectures from and meet: Keith Ferrazzi (author of Never Eat Alone), Steve Forbes of Forbes Inc, Michelle Gass -Executive VP Marketing at Starbucks, Jonah Goldberg columnist LA Times, Jim Goodnight CEO of SAS, Robert Hormats of Goldman Sachs, and Jon Huntsman Governor of Utah... to name a few.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Thought I would share a video I recorded of Ben Harper last year in San Fran. Truly one of the greatest artist of our lifetime.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Morning Rituals

Do you have a morning ritual? My mornings throughout most of my life have been completely uncoordinated ---crawl out of bed, shower, run to work or class (usually late), and finally become alert around noon. This year, however I have committed to a one hour morning ritual:

8:30am: arrive/in my office

8:50am: by this time i have just spent 30minutes in silence-- nothing to read/review, just contemplating life. This is kinda my Zen time to look at life in retrospect-- am a good person? what is good? have i helped anyone recently? am i proud of where i am? -- this helps me get focused on the holistic side of life instead of work/post work/nightlife/etc...

8:50am: i begin my morning read in this order (1) New York Times (2) Drudge Report (3) The Dead Pelican (4) Andrew Sullivan (5) Facebook (6) Twitter at least one good article I've read this am that i might think people would want to read

9:20am: off to El Bano for the morning read of the local news paper, The Advocate

9:30am: open Outlook Email and begin the days work...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy's Running Club

Its been over a year now that a good friend of mine, Michael Lang mentioned at one of our "Save the World" lunches that he wanted to start something that paired active people (lifestyle) with fun and mere camaraderie. This idea gave birth to Happy's Running Club, an every Tuesday event where hundreds of young (and young minded) professionals convene downtown to take on a 5K. Today was my second time participating in this event and although I walked/jogged it still felt great. What was even more enjoyable is seeing people interact in a completely selfless way... no pretense, just a mutual joy for being active and well... building social capital! kudos today to Michael Lang and Scott Higgins -- founders of HRC.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Does the End justify the Means?

There is always something to be said about justifying one’s professional existence. However I’d like to toss out this argument: it could be said that nonprofits are subject to not only their deliverables but the pure judgment of its stakeholders, as opposed to for profit entities where profit maximization is the sole indicator on which stakeholders typically judge success. (Picture is what I have been preparing all day!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Continuous Partial Attention

The new way my generation digest information! (photo of people playing catch up with the Gen-Yers)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Music & The Dow

Pop Culture and the stock market-- its worth watching

A Week in Vail,CO

I spent this week in Vail, CO at the Consultants Roundtable learning about how the recession is impacting the movement of industry around the globe. All in all it was a pretty great conference, but as with college it seems we often learn more from each other outside of a program… I had the pleasure to visit with some of the greatest brains in the industry and it was Wildly Fascinating. More to come when I’m not being badgered by the screaming sitting next to me at the airport!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yard Sale 2.0

A year ago today my friends Jared, Michael, and Chad joined me in Vail to experience my quasi first time skiing adventure. I thought it would be nice to repost a blog I wrote shortly following that experience:

[March 30, 2008]

Have you ever wanted to see 260 pounds of love falling down a mountain? Well if you happened to be in Vail, CO this weekend you would have seen just that. I, of course under peer pressure began my first skiing venture at the top of the mountain with hardly any experience (thought I was too good for lessons). I started on the green slopes just trying to maintain balance and work on turning… halfway down the mountain I could still do neither. Actually I am becoming quite fluent in the skiing lingo, mostly due to the numerous seven and eight year olds skiing past me and yelling things such as, jerkface, yard-sale, totally newbie, tourista, and try the blacks dude…haha. Anyhow, I figured out that "yard sale" in ski lingo meant every time I wiped out my skis, goggles, camera, and poles were scattered about across the path similar to things being scattered in the yard for a sale. Of course only I would be so lucky to ski the mountain twice without ever arriving at the bottom of the mountain. About halfway down I so frustrated that I decided to take off the skis and walk down and being the smart person that I am I devised a pretty cool plan. I flagged down one of the EMT skiers and told them that I broke my ski and if they could give me a ride via snowmobile to the bottom I would be most grateful. –They didn’t take the bait, so I choose plan B. Just about 200 yards of where I was standing I saw an unusual ski lift back up to the top of the mountain. It didn’t strike me as unusual so I thought id ride back to the top and take another ski lift to the bottom to end this cold day in hell. Plan B was not so great. I ended up at the pinnacle of the mountain starring at two double back diamonds, winds of about 35mph, and alone. Needless to say I basically crawled my way down the damn mountain and at one point I was sliding on my ass faster than a skier (im lucky to be alive). I guess this leads me to the conclusion that skiing might not be my thing. Now, a day after this event I am absolutely positive skiing is not my thing in fact I never desire to do it again, I have decided to keep the curtains closed in my hotel room just so that I don’t have to see the damn mountain. This morning I spent 3 hours in the hot tub praying that God would have mercy on my frail body and just after lunch I thought was going to spend the rest of my life on the toilet because I was so sore I couldn’t get up. All in all it’s an experience I could have done without, but I did it.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reflections on the GDC

The last game I played intensely was Ages of Empires for the PC and 007 (bond) for Nintendo 64 and that was almost eight years ago. I’m 26 years old and besides the constant reminders of my 10 year high school reunion looming later this year the gaming industry is the only industry I’ve come into contact with that makes me truly feel old and outdated. I’m beginning to think that the speed and adaptability of technology will one day cannibalize itself leaving us without the primal knowledge’s of our ancestors (i.e. not knowing how to make fire with two rocks) Here is what I found:

  • 65% of American Households play computer or video games

  • The average game player age is 35

  • 40% of gamers are female and 60% are male, Women age 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (33%) than boys age 17 or younger(18%)

  • How long have gamers been playing? 13 years. Among most frequent gamers, adult males avg 15 years for game playing, females for 12 years

  • 38% of homes in America have a video game console – including me! only because I was given games and had no console to play them on

  • Video Game: Best selling by genres/units sold: Action (22.3%), Family Entertainment (17.6%), Sports Games (14.1%), Shooter (12.1%), Racing (8.3%), Role-playing (7.6%)

  • Top Selling Video Games of 2008: 1.Mario Kart Wii (5.1 million units) 2. Grand Theft Auto 4 (5m units) 3.Madden NFL 09 4.Super Smash Bros: Brawl 5.Wii Play with Remote 6. Guitar Hero 3:legends of rock 7. Wii Fit 8. Rock Band 9.Call of Duty 4 modern warfare 10. Call of Duty world at war

  • 36% of heads of households report they play games on wireless devices (cell/pda)

Do you think Baton Rouge could be the next center of excellence for game development on open source platforms (iPhone)? I do. iphone apps average development time is approximately two to five months with an average cost of $50,000 to $250,000!

The View From Your Window

(title credit goes to Andrew Sullivan)

Good morning! - San Fran, CA

Friday, March 27, 2009

Game Developers Conference / San Fran, CA

Following Richmond I ventured to GDC, the one place every aspect of the gaming industry comes to forge a relationship in one central place—the Game Developers Conference at the Mascone Center in San Francisco. The magnitude of this industry can only be seen in eyes of gamers and enthusiast as they pass booths filled with this year’s latest technologies, games, platforms, and consoles. GDC=sum (of raw talent + a fierce passion for interactive (2nd life type) }media = multi-billion dollar industry. Pic from the floor

Teddy's Juke Joint

as you know, im new at this blogging stuff. I have been saving my blogs, when i should have been posting them! go figure. here are some of the ones that should have been posted over the past three weeks!

BB King once said that “the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” I couldn’t agree with him more. Learning about The Blues has taught me much more than the origins of the blue keys and the art of the African American folk music. It has taught me that everyone at some point in their lives feel pain, sorrow, joy, and contentment and it’s only through expression of these feelings that we grow.
After weeks of downloading various blues artist and torturing my staff with my loud singing (that I consider at least top 12 talent in the American idol blues version)… I ventured to Teddy’s Juke Joint in Zachary, LA. Walking in was a truly unique experience of blacks and whites, even people of Indian decent in the corner; all tapping their feet and nodding their head at the rhythm being belted from a shiny electric guitar. I slowly made my way to the bar and ordered my favorite love potion, Gin (preferably Tanguray) and Sprite. The manner in which I was

served foreshadowed the night to come (see the picture). That’s right…one bowl of ice, one class, one sprite can, and a bottle of Tanguray—plainly spoke “make it like you like it.” Later in the night I had the pleasure of meeting the famous Teddy along with the artist of the night Larry Garner. Teddy grew up in the now Jukejoint and has added room after room to enhance the space and vibe of the bar. This hole in the wall is a true testament of preserving a culture of self expression, triumph in hard times, and the good things in life (fill in the blanks).

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Patrick Henry Land

[from Richmond,VA] So, I made a resolution in 2009 to become a bit more interesting. So… I decided to bite the bullet and blog. I think it’s a win win, as I become slightly more interesting and secondly its therapeutic and I get to forego $200 per hour for a therapist (double positive?). so, on with it. As you might know I’m an economic developer in Baton Rouge,LA and my organization takes 150 business leaders (for and not for profit) to similar/unique cities across the U.S. to generate interest in best practices/public policy that might be beneficial to baton rouge. This trip for me is all about stroking egos, however there are some moments where I can see value. For instance, today we visited the chapel where Patrick Henry gave is most famous speech “give me liberty or give me death” and not only was I bored out of my mind; I was completely embarrassed that my colleagues (said mildly) cheered like every other Medicaid recipient across our land (get the joke? Those taking the propaganda/handout). Here is the deal… the British imposed taxes on the colonies and the colonies decided to fight back so to protect decorum and rights (property, civil, etc…) , but what truly outrages me is that my colleagues have no freaking clues that today’s American government is more intrusive to our individual rights and liberty than Great Britain was during the day of Pat Henry and the Boston Tea Party(adjusted for inflation of course). When are we going to get mad? When is our Tea Party? That we have spent the future earnings of our children for just one more (just one more) hit of the bong? When are we going to realize that the $165 million of AIG bonus (although stupid and really freaking embarrassing) were made under sound contracts. AND just so you know… contracts are our medium for business/exchange. It is an important attribute in a capitalist society. Cheers! (I’ve decided that I’m not editing – just posting in the most unforgiving way—less stress-- less work--no editing).

ok wait.

i tend to right my blogs in as word documents (because my mississippi public education lends me to not being able to write without spell check!) so some of my post may not me the most timely!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grand Isle

This weekend yielded an experience I shall never forget. My friends and I ventured to Grand Isle, Louisiana. The island is legendary for its location to the most plentiful offerings of inland and offshore fishing in all of the Gulf Coast. The three hour drive down set the stage for the weekend’s experience. As we passed small town after town the pains of rural Louisiana spoke plainly of a life of hardship and undeserved acts of god (hurricanes for those not familiar with God’s country). Lockport, Golden Meadow, Tarpon Pass, Galeano, town names not too much different than those painted on the side of Shrimp Boats along the bayous… Milky Way, Will Bordelon, Macy Emily, Saint Hatty. The thought of how these small economies survive fascinates me… I can only deduce it to something of the feudal society of Europe in the 1600’s whereby good people work tirelessly for the lords, in this case Sir Exxon, Lord Shell, and Father BP. Once on the Island we began the weekend with an adult beverage at the local watering hole known as “Arties” which offered the coldest beer, billiards, fried chicken and oysters—quite the unique combo. What impressed me most about this beautiful island are its truly amazing inhabitants. I had the pleasure of meeting Greta Dupre a resident of Grand Isle who afforded me the opportunity of learning and understanding the nature of “good people.” It was truly hard for me to comprehend a society whereby one is judged on character and not materialism, on mutual care for each other than covert Darwinism. This was the first place where I hadn’t been asked what I did for a living, who my parents are, what brand of shirt I was wearing, or for that matter why I was there. The only thing that mattered is that I showed mutual respect, didn’t take things to serious, and recognize that our time on this beautiful earth is short—try to have fun. The lesson of the weekend blended into the sounds of the juke box playing “Green Grass & High Tides” by the Outlaws-- Lyrics: “Those who don't believe me, find your souls and set them free
Those who do, believe and know that time will be your key
Time and time again I've thanked them for a peace of mind
That helped me find myself amongst the music and the rhyme that enchants you there”

Monday, March 2, 2009

Welcome to the inaugural posting of "Reduced Expectations" this blog will hopefully take the place of my imaginary friends. Don't get me wrong, I'm appreciative of their many years of support-- I think its just time to express myself to "real people" (no offense). Anyhow, someone once told me that the key to happiness is reduced expectations. I have applied this rule to life and at a minimum to every circumstance or event. And when I have been up happy... low and behold if I would have reduced my expectations I would probably be little more successful, kept many friends, and learned a whole lot more about humans-- as beings (original sin, etc...). So, here I am! Cheers!
*the above picture is of Free Mason, a portion of Chandelier Island off the cost of Louisiana/Mississippi